1867 – Bricklayers begin working 8-hour days.
1913 – Some 25,000 Paterson, N.J., silk workers strike for 8-hour work day and improved working conditions. Eighteen hundred were arrested over the course of the six-month walkout, led by the Wobblies. They returned to work on their employers’ terms.
1968 – The federal minimum wage increases to $1.60 per hour.
1995 – Int’l Brotherhood of Firemen & Oilers merges with Service Employees Int’l Union.